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Business and Management PhD

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Study mode

Full time


4 years

Start date


Key information

Qualification type

PhD/DPhil - Doctor of Philosophy

Subject areas

Management Studies / Science Business Studies

Course type


Course Summary

We offer PhD courses in Business and Management, and Economics. We currently have around 40 students who study full-time, part-time or by blended. These students share and contribute to a vibrant research community that operates at the cutting edge of knowledge.

The regulations at Staffordshire University award a PhD to candidates who have ‘critically investigated an approved topic resulting in an independent and original contribution to knowledge and demonstrated an understanding of research methods appropriate to the chosen field, (and) presented and defended a thesis by oral examination…to the satisfaction of examiners.’

There are several routes to gaining a PhD.

PhD is the most common route for Economics and Business and Management students. The MPhil stage usually includes a critical review of existing academic literature on the subject and often a pilot research study. This can then be written up (30,000 words) and successful students are awarded an MPhil. Alternatively if you decide to progress to the PhD you can do so by a short report (5,000 words) which acts as a summary of the work done so far and a plan for the PhD itself.

Direct PhD is more suitable if you already have a Masters degree in your intended area, for example, an MSc in Economics for a PhD in Economics. MBAs and other generalist business Masters qualifications do not fall into this category so you'll need to take another route (e.g. MPhil/PhD).

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

Students need to pay £4,260 for 2018/19 entry. There will be a slight increase in 2019/20 entry.

Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

Students need to pay £12,250 for 2018/19 entry. There will be a slight increase in 2019/20 entry.

Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

You must have a Masters degree in a relevant area in Business or Management. In your application, we’ll want to know the area of academic knowledge you want to place your PhD study in. We will then assess whether we can provide supervisors who have the knowledge of your academic area. In order to succeed, you’ll need to demonstrate capability in using research methods – we insist that all successful applicants enrol on a university-wide research methods course.

University information

Based in the West Midlands, Staffordshire University has decades of experience providing first-rate postgraduate education across a broad range of disciplines. The award-winning institution offers courses designed in collaboration with learning industry experts in a bid to provide solutions to the challenges of tomorrow. The main city campus is based in Stoke-on-Trent with the University’s dedicated Centres of Excellence in Healthcare...more

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